Judges for the February 4 Pitch
Earl Seals is the president and co-founder of N2 Publishing, which has 700 locations across the U.S. and breaks $140 million in advertising revenue annually. He is also the founder of Christian Business Fellowship and executive producer of The Chosen series.
Joe Abraham is a serial entrepreneur, having been involved in the startup and growth of more than 20 companies. He is also a speaker and regular guest on numerous TV networks and radio shows on topics related to entrepreneurship and small business growth. He is the author of Entrepreneurial DNA.
Dan Perritt is the vice president of the Great Commission Collective, a global church planting ministry, and successful high-level entrepreneur of several companies.
What is The Pitch?
Presentations are limited to 5 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the judges. Your pitch can illustrate an unproven business idea or a new startup that is already capturing revenue. Contestants must present a problem, value proposition, target market/s, and revenue/business model. Templates and other resources can be accessed below.
You may recruit co-founder/s and teams to assist in your pitch considering you split any winnings. The first place pitch receives $1,000. Both second and third place receives $500. There will be frequent audience drawings for prizes, including a pair of Apple Airpods, so be sure to invite your cheer squad along.
Student entrepreneurs present their business startup ideas to a panel of potential investors as part of the pitch competition.
Include these Essentials in your Pitch Deck:
- Title: Provide company name, your name and title, address, email, etc
- Problem/Opportunity: Describe the 'pain point' in your industry you want to alleviate. Be sure to include an infographic or diagram that expresses this.
- Value Proposition: Explain the value of the pain you are alleviating (or pleasure provided)
- Underlying Magic: Describe the technology or 'secret sauce' behind your product. This generally includes diagrams or infographics.
- Business Model: Explain who your customer is and how you plan to get the money out of their pocket.